Source: News Bharati English16 Aug 2015 14:49:54

Surat (Gujarat), Aug 16: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat called upon the countrymen to reiterate their commitment to the nation and pledge to work for preserving and protecting the independence.

Dr Bhagwat was addressing a gathering after hoisting the national tricolour at Dr Ambedkar Vanvasi Kalyan Trust, Surat in Gujarat on the 69th Independence Day.

He said that the country became independent on August 15, 1947 and we celebrate this day as Independence Day every year and salute the national flag. This is the day to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our motherland. This is also the day to reiterate our commitment towards the motherland and society.

India is home to many religions, sects, castes, and tribes and groups and all of them have their peculiar festivals and events. But this particular day is celebrated by all Indians rising above their petty affiliations and associations of caste, provinces, languages, political ideologies and so on. All salute the national tricolour and sing praises of our motherland.

We realise on this day that these are diversities of our society and country and not differences and thus we remember our underlying unity in this diversity. We have been experiencing this unity since aeons and standing firmly as the lead nation of the world witnessing many a ups and down in human history. This tricolour reminds us of our strong determination to overcome all the adverse conditions and stand as one united nation.

The ‘Dhammchakra’ on this flag reminds us to live for revival of dharma according to the changing times and teach the humanity the dharma that sustains the entire universe. Dharma uplifts the human beings to the higher levels of spirituality and humanity and is much higher than our ways of worship. Worship is the small aspect of dharma but the actual dharma encompasses the entire humanity and this is essentially the ‘Manav Dharma’ that is ‘Hindu Dharma’. This Hindu Dharma allows all types of worships and prayer modes to each one according to one’s choice and attitude and aptitude. But people while enjoying their diversity, must feel united and committed to the nation and rededicate them to the service to nation and society. This is the speciality of India.

The orange colour in our flag inspires us to seek spiritual uplift through karma, renunciation and knowledge. This will explain the relationship with the universe and inspire us to work for the welfare of all beings. Many seers, kings and rishis dedicated their lives for the welfare of the beings in India in the past. The orange colour represents their dedication and renunciation. White represents the purity of life while the green colour represents the richness of human life, the RSS chief explained.

Our country achieved independence. Why? What was the inspiration of this freedom? Why we wanted to be a free nation? We wanted to create such a world community where the entire world would learn from Indian’s renunciation, work attitude and knowledge and acquire purity of heart and mind and take the world on the path of progress in a peaceful way. To fulfil this mission it was imperative for India to be a free, strong, vibrant, literate and progressive nation.

We must reiterate our commitment to make India strong, vibrant, progressive and rich country to achieve this mission. Today is the day to reiterate this commitment, Dr Bhagwat said.

This program was attended by Himanshu Bhai Bhatt, President of Dr Ambedkar Vanvasi Kalyan Trust, Dr Jayantibhai Bhadesia, Sanghchalak of Western Zone, and Surat Vibhag Sanghchalak Sureshbhai Master.

Bhayyaji Joshi unfurls tricolour in Agartala: RSS Sarkaryawah Suresh alias Bhayyji Joshi unfurled the national tricolour in the northeastern state of Tripura. Hoisting the national flag at Sewadham Premises in Agartala, the capital of Tripura, Joshi saluted the flag.

On this occasion, RSS Sah Sarkarywah Dattatreya Hosabale and Dr Krishna Gopal were prominently present besides the prominent RSS activists of Tripura and students of the hostel.

Guwahati: National tricolour was ceremoniously unfurled at Keshavdham, RSS State Karyalaya at Paltan Bazar, Guwahati in Assam. Swayamsevaks from nearby areas were present for the flag hoisting and saluted the tricolour.

Nagpur: Independence Day was celebrated with traditional RSS style at Nagpur, the headquarters of RSS. Here the national tricolour was hoisted by Nagpur Mahanagar Sanghchalak Rajesh Loya. Security personnel deputed at the RSS HQ and swayamsevaks were present.

A route march was taken out by the swaymsevakas in Nagpur. This was accompanied by performance of Vidarbha Prant Ghosh at two places. This performance included various patriotic songs played on the musical instruments. Thousands of people gathered to witness this event.